Big House takes top gong in Festival Awards

Ciara Gogarty (left) Marketing Manager and Jo Mangan (right) Festival Director pictured with Deputy Mayor of Celbridge, Kevin Byrne, and Shane Griffin from Celbridge at the 'Big House'Festival, Castletown, Celbridge
Kildare’s Big House Festival was last Thursday awarded Best Festival at the annual entertainment awards , The Erics.

Kildare’s Big House Festival was last Thursday awarded Best Festival at the annual entertainment awards , The Erics.

The inaugural Big House Festival took place in Castletown House and Parklands, Celbridge, over the August Bank Holiday last year Big House is a biennial festival, and will return in 2015 . The awards were voted for by the public ,and Big House stormed ahead with 47 per cent of the public vote.

Jo Mangan, Festival Director, said “It was a very tough category. We were up against more established festivals such as Electric Picnic and Body and Soul,and long running festivals Like Dublin Theatre Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival.

“We were just honoured to be nominated . We never dreamt that we would win best festival in the country in our first year. It is a credit to all of the many many artist that performed,the community of volunteers that contributed,our dedicated supporters and the incredible team that worked so hard to produce it.”

Big House is produced by Kildare-based theatre and events company The Performance Corporation. The Festival was supported by Kildare County Council and Kildare Leader Fund, among others.